PGC Offers Contest
Inside the Outdoors, October 20,
2017

Those whom may have been accusing the rabbits from eating some of the veggies this last part of the summer may have been accusing the wrong four-legged creatures.

It so happened that one of Latrobe residents happened to awake in the early hours of one of the recent mornings when he looked out his window, and lo and behold, what did he see in his backyard? “Two deer,” he said. Now there may be that thought that his may be around the Legion Keener Park area here in Latrobe, but that is anything but the truth. It seems this fellow lives above the walking path that parallels Lincoln Avenue.

“There they were,” he said, “two deer, one huge buck and a smaller one eating my plants. The buck, however, did not have any horns, but it surely was a big animal.”

I told him it has been known that deer have wondered up Irving Avenue in the past, and a number of years ago a black bear was known to roam about somewhere behind the properties of Hamilton Avenue. Recently, a bear was captured on Daily Avenue.

Animals go where they think they can find food. Was this bear heading for McDonalds? I don’t think so, however who knows? Even though I may not know exactly how deer think, one can pretty much surmise that where there are homes, there will be something around them on which to nibble!

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is sponsoring a contest that may provide extra challenges for the hunters this season.

“For Beyond the Harvest Contest,” the PGC explained, “we encourage one to snap a photo of the landscape or wildlife surrounding one’s favorite hunting spot, the person sitting beside one in the stand, the meal one shares after a successful hunt or any other special moment surrounding one’s Pennsylvania hunting experience that goes #beyondtheharvest for a chance to win a generous prize package!”

These are the required procedures. “Submit a photo showing an aspect of hunting other than the harvest and provide a short caption (a few sentences) describing why it is meaningful to you. E-mail the submission to pgc-contest@pa.gov(mailto:pgc-contest@pa.gov), and use ‘BTH’ in the subject line. Hunters may send more than one submission. Photos must be taken in Pennsylvania.”

The PGC added that prior years’ photos may be used in any season. All entries must include the hunters first and last name. Here’s an interesting point. “By submitting the photo, the hunter acknowledges that he or she has received permission from all of the people pictured in the photo to enter it into the contest. Entries will be accept from now until Dec. 31.”

In late January, PGC staff members will select a group of “contending” photos in late January and post them on Facebook. “Facebook users will determine the winning photo and caption by ‘liking’ the image. The photo and caption with the most ‘likes’ at the end of the contest will win a prize package.”

The winner will receive a PGC Wild Game Cookbook, Second Edition, a “Pennsylvania Deer Hunting, Through the Pages of Game News” book and the winner’s choice of a framed Wildlife Working Together art print. He will also have the opportunity to submit a longer article describing their #beyondtheharvest hunting experiences the Pennsylvania Game News to be considered for publication I the magazine.

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Facebook.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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